Medicine Breath Debuts at Player’s

August 26, 2012

Music & Entertainment

I first learned of this project that has come to be known as Medicine Breath back in February. I was very excited to hear what they had to offer and this past Saturday night was the culmination of a lot of hard work on behalf of the band members. I got me a sneak preview Memorial Day weekend and I knew right then and there that these guys had the potential to be something special. They had a dry run of sorts a few weeks ago at Ceurvelsapalooza and they were a big hit there. Finally, this past Saturday night at Player’s, it was on.

The night started off a bit on the different side as there was a twin’s 50th birthday party going on in the function room portion of Player’s right up to show time at 9:00. We all joked that maybe the band would scare them off once they started playing. Actually, most of them stuck around for a while and some the whole night, so the band must have been doing something right! The band and the Medicine Breath faithful sang happy birthday to the twins, then it was off to the rock part of the evening. The first set had some familiar cover band songs such as “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots, “The Middle” by Jimmy Eats World and “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes. It also had a few songs that I can’t remember another band in the area doing like “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” by Primus and “Possum Kingdom” by The Toadies. The different songs trend continued over the course of the night as the did awesome covers of “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty but in the Foo Fighter’s mold, and “Uprising” by Muse.

Medicine Breath is made up of talent that is very familiar to the area band scene. The lead singer is Billy Dowling aka Billy Spyke formerly the front man of Brother Spyke. Another Brother Spyke alumni is drummer and backing vocalist Jason Wallock. They are joined by two former members of Prank Monkey; Dana “Zeul” Leonard on rythmn guitar and vocals and Jamie “Farce” English on bass and backing vocals. Last, but in no way least is Ed Ryan on lead guitar. Ed would familiar to local band-goers from his days with the band Stout.

After a very successful debut, the boys are taking a few weeks off. If you missed them this past Saturday, be sure to make your way to Gametime Friday night, September 21. For more information on the band and to read about their colorful “past”, check them out at You can see them and like them here on Facebook.